The fans of soccer tremble with impatience at the approach of the World Cup 2022, the previous one having been won by France in 2018, allowing it to earn a second star on the jersey. However, this year’s edition will take place at Qatarand as such, some differences notables have already been announced.
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup, organized by FIFA, promises to be, like every four years, one of the most watched events in the world. However, contrary to usual, the international competition will not take place during the summer, but this time will take place between November and December. The unprecedented period in which the tournament will take place is obviously linked to the climatic conditions in Qatar and its high heat can easily reach 40°C during the summer, dates when the competition usually takes place.
And this is not the only difference that we can find in this 22nd edition of the World Cup, since the atmosphere around the competition risks being drastically different from the previous ones. Indeed, football fans have been warned that one-night stands could lead to seven years in prison in Qatar.
According to Daily Star, the British government is said to be increasingly concerned by the fact that British fans could face heavy prison sentences. A police source reportedly said:
Sex is not on the agenda, unless you come as a couple. There will definitely be no one-night stands at this tournament.
There will be no parties at all. Everyone must keep a cool head, unless they want to risk ending up in prison.
For the first time in the history of the World Cup, sex is forbidden. Supporters need to be prepared.
In November 2021, Nasser al-Khater, CEO of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qataralready declared to CNN Sports :
The safety and security of every fan is of the utmost importance to us. But showing affection in public is frowned upon, it’s not part of our culture, and that goes for everyone.
You should know that sex outside marriage and homosexuality are illegal in Qatar.. The laws and customs of the country are those of a Muslim state, and that is why many things, which may seem acceptable elsewhere, may be frowned upon there.
If Qatar can therefore seem strict in terms of marital (or extra-marital) relations, it is just as much in other areas. On drugs, the country takes a zero-tolerance approach. The use, possession or sale of drugs, whether recreational or not, is subject to heavy penalties, ranging from deportation to long stays behind bars.
Another point which is likely to be a radical change for foreign supporters relates to alcohol, since there are also strict laws regarding the consumption of alcohol and disturbing the public order. First, the consumption of alcohol in public places is illegal in Qatar, and punishable by up to six months in prison. During the competition, alcohol will only be available in stadium boxes and some fan-zones, or otherwise in certain hotels and bars with the appropriate licence.
A competition that will therefore be very different from what the fans have known so far, and where everyone will have to leave their old habits at home, at the risk of seeing his stay inadvertently extended by a few months or even years.
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